SECOND PRACTICE (Results)
Indeed, revered old Indianapolis Motor Speedway seized a spot in NASCAR’s consciousness from the very beginning, and even now, two decades later, still hasn’t let go. The setting, the atmosphere and the history combine to make it among the most special environments that NASCAR competes in, all of it augmented by a difficulty level that typically reserves Victory Lane for the very best. For all those factors, winning at Indy in NASCAR’s premier division remains a career-defining moment, and that will never change. We’ve certainly witnessed that in how these Brickyard moments created over the last 20 years continue to resonate, even long after the seasons in which they unfolded have passed.
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the team because of Alzheimer’s disease. The 70-year-old Bowlen will no longer be a part of the club’s daily operations, the Broncos announced Wednesday. Team President Joe Ellis is adding the title of chief executive officer and will have final say on all matters. The Broncos say the ownership of the franchise is held in a trust Bowlen set up more than a decade ago in hopes that one of his seven children will one day run the team.
The end of the British Open means the Ryder Cup is getting closer, and there are a couple of regulars still not in the team. They both have two tournaments remaining before qualifying ends at the PGA Championship. Tom Watson has three captain’s picks. Woods will have to rely on a captain’s pick unless he finishes at least third at the Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship.
Coach Doc Rivers has said he’ll resign from the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling remains owner, the team’s interim CEO testified, saying such a move would be a ”disaster” for the franchise. ”If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach,” Richard Parsons said in court Tuesday, recounting recent conversations with Rivers. His testimony was a rare foray into the basketball side of the Clippers at a probate-court trial that has focused on the narrow question of whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements.
Chase Headley hustled to New York, eager to help his new team right away. Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. ”Mixed emotions, but I couldn’t be happier.” Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s franchise record for doubles, and the Yankees won an unlikely pitching duel after rookie starters Chase Whitley and Nick Martinez both entered with a 5.10 ERA. J.P. Arencibia snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the 13th against New York reliever David Huff, but the Yankees responded with Brett Gardner’s leadoff double and Jacoby Ellsbury’s tying single off closer Joakim Soria in the bottom half.
If something didn’t happen soon, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was trotting a position player out to the pitching rubber. Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night. The reliever got just one out before Lincecum, San Francisco’s ninth pitcher, got the final two outs for the save.
The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. CEO Richard Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements. ”If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.” Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who heads the NBA players union.
The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team. CEO Richard Parsons made the statement at a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The NBA has tried to force out Donald Sterling since soon after racist statements emerged on recordings in April. ”If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.” Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who also is black and heads the NBA players union.